Elizabeth Muller
Elizabeth Muller
  • October 31, 1915 - October 11, 2017
  • Carmel, California

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Elizabeth Muller, nee Steiner, passed away last week at the Carmel Valley Manor, just three weeks short of her 102nd birthday.

Mrs. Muller was born in Horazdovice, a small town in what is now the Czech Republic and was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. She moved to Prague with her family as a teenager.

Mrs. Muller escaped from Nazi-occupied Prague early in 1941, traveling alone. Her perilous journey took her from Prague to Berlin to Warsaw to Moscow, across Siberia to Vladivostok, and then to Korea, Japan, Hawaii, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Peru. She crossed into the Soviet Union a few months before the country was invaded by the Nazis, and crossed from Japan to Hawaii a few months before the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. After traveling more than half a year, she was reunited with her fianc, Rudolph Muller, in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

In 1947, the Mullers immigrated to New Jersey with their eldest son, and Mrs. Muller managed the family business, a chicken farm, for many years. Mrs. Muller and her husband retired to the Monterey Peninsula in 1981.

Mrs. Muller is survived by her sons Anthony Muller of Spanish Bay, Edward Muller of Santa Monica, two daughters-in-law, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.